Hi all. I'm just getting into fountain pens, though I've always had a latent interest in them. The interest got re-kindled, crazily enough, after the sudden passing of my mother last December. Like many people her age, she kept everything she ever owned and I found tons of letters between her and my grandparents, my grandmother's journal, even a letter from my great grandfather to a great uncle, most written with a fountain pen. Being able to read those letters was like travelling back in time (in a way) that I don't believe carries over in the age of social media and clickbait. Because of this, and some prodding from a business associate, I got into this hobby with some earnestness.
I already had a few fountain pens, based on a liking without any real understanding: a Pilot Metro, a Schrade "tactical" pen, and a small Montblanc that I purchased when I got my first serious office job because ~~business~~.
The Montblanc writes well, but it is too small for my hands for any extended sessions. For $20, the Pilot Metro is a great pen and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. The Schrade I use less, mostly because it only takes cartridges. But it is smooth. As with anything I get into, I read (and now watch Youtube) voraciously on a subject, learning as much as I can. I saw some really good reviews on this site and decided to register, introduce myself, etc.
Later this week, I'm going to be visiting the Fountain Pen Hospital to try out a bunch of pens, and hopefully leave with one.
Off-topic, I got a warning for trying to post a link to my imgur account. Is Imgur not allowed here?